Tuesday 19 October 2010

Ardmore 19Oct

The fourth edition of the registration ZK-HUM was outside Heliflite today in the form of a Robinson R44 II in preparation for its delivery to Gisborne.  The interesting looking machine in the background is Western Australia based Pilatus PC12 VH-OOI visiting the avionics team.

An aeroplane I haven't seem for many years is the Thorp T18 ZK-EDF registered to a West Auckland address for the last couple of years.

From what I understand, Venom ZK-VNM is yet to carry out a test flight following its decade (?) of storage at Ardmore.  It is being prepared for delivery to its new owners in Wanganui.


  1. The Thorp ZK-EDF is based at Whenuapai. The owner, Kevin Foster, flew it across to Australia and back via Norfolk Island a couple of years ago.
    Earlier this year it underwent a rebuild and a new paintscheme.

  2. Thanks Peter. I had not seen it since 1991 in Motueka and Nelson.
    Have also just found the Tasman journey records I have for it:
    01JUL08 Whenuapai-Norfolk Island
    02JUL08 Norfolk Island-Coolangatta
    08JUL08 Coolangatta-Hamilton Island
    13JUL08 Hamilton Island-Coolangatta
    16JUL08 Norfolk Island-Kerikeri